Discover the best top things to do in Westfjords Region, Iceland including Dynjandi (Fjallfoss), Latrabjarg bird cliffs, Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft, Isafjordur Maritime Museum, The Arctic Fox Centre, Vestfirdir Tunnel, Raudasandur Beach.
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5 based on 375 reviews
Dynjandi (also known as Fjallfoss) is the largest waterfall in the Westfjords region of Iceland and is considered to be one of the most impressive Waterfalls in all of Iceland. The waterfall in made up of 7 Waterfalls, each with its own name, one of which is Dynjandi. Dynjandi means “thunderous”. The total height of the Waterfalls is about 100 m.
The drive from Isafjordur is quite the experience, initially heading through the Vestfirdir tunnel, then traversing several hairpin turns and switchbacks while climbing up and down the mountain passes around the fjords. The first section of road is paved, and then becomes hardback with gravel. Well maintained. Exciting drive, but not for the faint hearted! The weather was misty and rainy, making the drive that more challenging, but in the end, so worth it to see Dynjandi and the lesser Falls connected together. Lovely and short hike up to the highest falls, Dynjandi. Beautiful and colorful lichen and fall flora adorn the path. Great views of the fjord. Spectacular on a clear day! Make sure you take a side trip towards Flateyri - golden Beaches, turquoise waters and interesting chimneys and small hills abound.
4.5 based on 252 reviews
This is one of the biggest and most breathtaking bird cliffs in Iceland!! In early summer there are a million different types of birds, including the puffin. If you want to see the puffin, you need to know they are gone by mid August. We just missed them but the hike up was well worth it and there are still lots of Arctic terns swooping and nesting on the cliffs.
4 based on 244 reviews
The museum is a compination between historical facts abut what happened in Iceland in the 17th century concerning to the witchcraze in Iceland, a period of appr. 50 years and Icelandic folklore connected to magic and sorcery. The museum has guides in several languages, English, Czech, French, Hebrew, Dutch, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish. The museum also runs a small restaurant where emphasis is placed on seafood including blue mussels which are farmed in the clean fjord. Both the museum and the restaurant are open whole year.The second part of the museum is The Sorcerer's Cottage located 28 km north of Hólmavík.
There's an advise at the entrance that specify that "if you are an adept, the entrance is free"...mysterious. it doesn't seems to enter in a museum but in a diner, as the museum itself start after the first room and takes 3-4 rooms. Probably something in the exposition will make you smile, but if you take your time to read all the explanations available about rites and history, in some time your smile will be gone. the museum offers a very interesting glance about local history and facts that involves witches and wizards, and the shop gives you the opportunity to take with you some protective artifacts. Upon all, pay attention to the letters on the wall in the corridor that lead to the first room...
4 based on 91 reviews
Lots of artifacts and many interesting pictures of cod fishing in the area highlighting the role of women in the industry.
They offer samples of the dried fish and they're pretty awful so be warned.
It's on a nice location on the harbour. Bathrooms are available.
4 based on 93 reviews
The Arctic Fox Centre in Sudavik is the home of Arctic fox research in Iceland with year round projects constantly collecting and furthering knowledge on this inspiring creature and passing this on to our visitors through our unique exhibition which is the worlds only dedicated solely to the Arctic fox. Our outdoor fox enclosure hoouses rescued orphaned pups giving our visitors the chance to "meet" live Arctic foxes while the on site cafe serves freshly made, home baked cakes and pastries as well as more substantial meals of vegetable soups and plokkfiskur fish stew. We look forward to seeing you!
The small house where the museum is based is very pretty and inside you can find informations about arctic fox everywhere. Also you can watch a documentary about this beautiful animals. The centre had 2 puppies when we went there but they looked very sad.
4 based on 71 reviews
Outstanding tunnel. We spent the day going back and forth and turning down the other tunnels. A tunnel with an intersection is excellent.
Our guide said that before the tunnels, people from the villages on the other side of the mountain from Isafjordur would drive as far up the mountain as they could in winter, get out and walk over the top of the mountain and their friends would drive up the other side as far as they could and pick them up. Icelanders are strong people. Wow.
More tunnels are underway and they are just fascinating.
4 based on 48 reviews
Not for the faint of heart when the wind is whipping and the snow is falling, the drive to the beach can be a white knuckle experience. The beach itself is very picturesque and, as with most of the Wetfjords, desolate. On the day I traveled I was the only moving soul for miles. Weather will decide your love for this location.
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